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List Rules Vote for the best Australian bands and musical groups!

Who are the best Australian bands? The best bands from Australia you'll find on this list come from a variety of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk, and acoustic. Sometimes known as "Oz Rock," rock n' roll has prevailed in Australia for the past 50 years.  

Three distinct types of rock made their way to the outback between 1955 - 1975. The first wave in the '50s was influenced by both American and British music. Most of the tunes in this era were fairly clean-cut acts, and often appeared on Bandstand. However, the Beatles swooped in shortly after and changed everything. With them came other pop acts, such as The BeeGees and The Easybeats. The third wave occurred in the early '70s, and influenced a new style of rock called "pub rock." The most famous pub rock band to come out of this decade was of course, AC/DC.  

Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented Australian musicians to discover some great new bands and artists. Vote up the best Australian bands, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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2,447 978
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
1,700 1,146
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
1,592 829
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,307 492
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Cold Chisel Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,033 1,267
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,141 860
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Crowded House New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

7
1,036 1,019
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Men at Work New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

8
954 396
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PaulCollins added The Angels Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

9
639 386
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PaulCollins added Divinyls New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

10
657 464
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hunters & Collectors Rock music

11
799 602
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PaulCollins added Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
719 427
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PaulCollins added Australian Crawl Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

13
568 609
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PaulCollins added Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

14
614 295
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

The Best Songs About Winning, Ranked

15
609 325
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PaulCollins added Paul Kelly Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

16
709 439
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

17
754 481
The Church is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

18
748 344
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PaulCollins added Hoodoo Gurus New Wave, Rock music, College rock

19
792 259
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Jimmy Barnes Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
504 593
Jet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jet Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

21
427 278
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PaulCollins added Mental As Anything New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

The Best Opening Act You've Ever Seen

22
315 270
Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Mondo Rock Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

23
544 421
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PaulCollins added Split Enz New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

24
511 271
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PaulCollins added Skyhooks Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

25
497 266
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PaulCollins added Dragon Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

26
445 227
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PaulCollins added Choirboys Pub rock, Hard rock

27
697 482
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

28
628 1,031
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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390 228
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rose Tattoo Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
454 309
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Living End Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

31
270 209
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PaulCollins added Models Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

32
367 240
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PaulCollins added Noiseworks Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

33
588 465
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

34
375 694
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

35
378 172
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Ian Moss Rock music, Blues

21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

36
336 225
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Daddy Cool Rock music

37
343 489
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

38
394 451
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

39
295 218
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Billy Thorpe Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

40
360 225
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PaulCollins added Screaming Jets Pub rock, Hard rock

41
342 318
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added The Saints Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

42
480 489
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

50 Incredible Pictures That Might Teach You Something

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353 335
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

44
241 205
The Masters Apprentices is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added The Masters Apprentices Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

45
603 909
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PaulCollins added 5 Seconds of Summer Pop punk, Pop music

46
320 212
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Baby Animals Rock music, Indie rock

47
302 217
Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Johnny Diesel Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

48
244 355
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PaulCollins added Eskimo Joe Alternative rock, Indie rock

49
334 520
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PaulCollins added Empire of the Sun Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

50
355 294
John Farnham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added John Farnham Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music